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Senior Software Engineer - Detection Infrastructure, Safety



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2023

As an Engineer in Detection Infrastructure, your focus is on making our Discord’s users safer by creating scalable proactive systems to limit bad actors across the platform. Keeping users safe is an essential contributor to growth at Discord which is why the output of the team is so important.

What you'll be doing

  • Coordinating our detection systems, forming clean abstractions and communication protocols.
  • Extending our in-house, real-time abuse detection platform written in Python and Rust
  • Building out the signals, datasets, and databases to support our informational needs
  • Expanding and deploying internal APIs to combat abusive content
  • Maintain and scale out our infrastructure on Kubernetes
  • Move quickly to respond to the moving target of abuse on Discord

What you should have

  • 4+ years experience building scalable backend or real-time data systems
  • Experience working on, and deploying, large-scale systems in Python, Rust, Go, or other similar language.
  • You excel in undefined environments, get excited about creating solutions to complex problems, and building on them.
  • You can work with others to create pragmatic solutions — and then evolve and generalize them.
  • Experience debugging live production systems

Bonus Points

  • Experience with real-time streaming data systems like Kafka or Pub-sub
  • Experience with deploying services on Kubernetes
  • Experience in touching the whole cloud infrastructure stack - from disks to networking to permissions.
  • Experience with data warehouses like Druid, BigQuery, and Redshift
  • Experience with grpc, protobufs, or other communication protocols.
  • Experience with terraform or other code-defined infrastructure.
  • Prior experience working in the Safety domain
  • You have a strong moral compass that navigates and motivates you

The US base salary range for this full-time position is $190,000 to $204,000 + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role and level. Within the range, individual pay is determined by additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please note that the compensation details listed in US role postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include equity, or benefits.

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Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive medical insurance including Health, Dental and Vision (plus up to $20,000 for gender affirmation procedures)
  • Mental health resources and quarterly wellness stipends
  • 16+ paid holidays, 4 weeks of PTO + use-what-you-need sick days
  • Paid parental leave (plus fertility, adoption and other family planning benefits)
  • Flexible long-term work options (remote and hybrid)
  • Volunteer time off
  • A diverse slate of Employee Resource Groups
  • Plus commuter contributions and other perks for office-based employees

About Us

Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends and communities come together to hang out and explore their interests — from artists and activists, to study groups, sneakerheads, plant parents, and more. With 150 million monthly users across 19 million active communities, called servers, Discord has grown to become one of the most popular communications services in the world. Discord was built without selling ads or user data and instead, offers a premium subscription called Nitro that gives users special perks like higher quality streams and fun customizations.

We’re working toward an inclusive world where no one feels like an outsider, where genuine human connection is a click, text chat, or voice call away. A place where everyone can find belonging. Challenging? Heck yes. Rewarding? Double heck yes. It’s a mission that gives us the chance to positively impact millions of people all over the world. So if this strikes a chord with you, come build belonging with us!